Olaus Jeldness of Rossland BC: 2313.0282

Olaus Jeldness of Rossland BC

2313.0282: Olaus Jeldness of Rossland BC

Olaus Jeldness the Father of Skiing in Rossland BC. Olaus Jeldness pioneered the establishment of competitive skiing in western Canada. Born in Stangvik, Norway, in 1857, he caused a stir there when, at the age of 15, he ski jumped a distance of 92 feet heralded as a world record at the time. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a successful career in mining. He returned to Norway in 1882 to develop a mining operation in the north until 1896 when he left to come to Canada and the mining community of Rossland, British Columbia.

Medium:  Photograph - Image
Date:  unknown
Source:  Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre: RMDC #72-3391
Collection:  Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (2313)


Olaus Jeldness Rossland BC Skiing


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